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Ayers, Dick - STRANGE TALES (1951-76) #115 Interior Page
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COMMENTS: Pg. 11; "The Sandman Strikes!" Dick Ayers pencils and inks; 1963; 13.5" x 20"
Jon Berk Collection
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Pg. 11; "The Sandman Strikes!" Dick Ayers pencils and inks; 1963; 13.5" x 20"
Jon Berk Collection

Strange Tales #115 takes us through Dr. Strange's origin tale, as well as presenting the second appearance of Sandman. This page comes from the first story in the issue where Johnny Storm is summoned to the Baxter building and given his next mission: stop the recently escaped Sandman from terrorizing the city. Storm, clever as always, dresses up as Spider-Man in order to confuse his granular foe.

As Sandman thinks he's gotten the drop on Spidey, Johnny flames on, incinerating his disguise. Even after being doused with water and rendered powerless, Torchy still gains the upper hand and apprehends the ne'er-do-well just as the real Webhead arrives on the scene, both congratulatory and a bit jealous that Johnny might be a better crime fighter than he. This page is in lovely condition with great, dynamic panels of the hero and villain. The art is 100% Dick Ayers including his autograph from 1993, thirty years after the issue's initial publication.

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Artist Information

Richard "Dick" Ayers was an American comic book artist and cartoonist best known for his work as one of the main inkers during the late-1950's and 1960's Silver Age of Comics, including some of the earliest issues of Marvel Comics' including Jack Kirby's The Fantastic Four. He is the signature penciler of Marvel's World War II comic Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, drawing it for a 10-year run, and he co-created Magazine Enterprises' 1950s Western-horror character the Ghost Rider, a version of which he would draw for Marvel in the 1960s. His career would span 7 decades until his death in 2014.